• Ashley Crow joined Meyer Group Architecture as a designer after working as an intern last summer. Originally from Bloomington, Minn., Crow graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a bachelor's and master's degree in architecture.
• St. Luke's promoted Jennifer Viergutz to director of laboratory, replacing Jean Elton Turbes, who retired from the same position after 15 years.
Viergutz graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth with a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science as well as dual Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees. She started as a generalist at Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors 17 years ago and then moved to St. Luke's. She has held a variety of positions in the laboratory including technical specialist of the immunology section, technical services coordinator and most recently, operations manager.
• Essentia Health announced the following.
Jacob Swette, a licensed acupuncturist joined the integrative medicine department at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic in Duluth. Swette is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and earned his master's degree at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colo. He's certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed to practice in Minnesota by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.
Dr. Steven Haasken, a pediatric intensivist, joined Essentia Health-St. Mary's Children's Hospital in Duluth. Originally from Mora, Minn., Haasken earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics.
• Orthopaedic Associates of Duluth hired Tanner Hermes as a physician assistant. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and health promotions in 2006, and from Arcadia University in Newark, Del., with a master's degree in medical science in 2010.
Hermes has more than 13 years of experience, with more than six years of clinical and surgical orthopaedic experience including sports medicine and joint replacement. He was previously an orthopaedic physician assistant at multiple practices in Washington state, including Orthopedic Physician Associates in Seattle and Western Washington Medical Group in Everett. While in Seattle, Hermes was the physician assistant to Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the head team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners teams.
He is a member of Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Hermes is board certified by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
• Lakewalk Surgery Center hired Ann Fosness of Alborn as administrator. Fosness has more than 20 years of industry experience, most recently serving as director of nursing at Essentia Health East for three years. She was responsible for more than 170 managers and staff members in the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, maternal child health, medical/surgical, inpatient rehab, telemetry, intensive care unit and emergency departments. She served on the Patient Advisory Council and formed Nurse Practice Councils in each unit to enhance patient safety and satisfaction. Before that Fosness served as director of clinic operations, clinic manager of orthopedics and nursing supervisor for Essentia Health East since 2001.
She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in business administration, both from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and is a member of Mesabi Range College Advisory Council and the Minnesota Organization of Leader in Nursing Professional Group.
• The law offices of Maki, Ledin, Bick and Olson in Superior hired attorneys Joseph Rosenthal and Lucas Wyshnytzky.
Rosenthal, a Twin Ports native, is a 1999 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 2008 graduate of City University of New York School of Law. He was a Peggy Browning Fellow at Bernstein and Lipsett in Washington, D.C. in 2007, a fellowship awarded to law students interested in pursuing a career in union-side labor law. During law school, he also worked for Service Employees International Union Local 1199P and for the New York State Attorney General's Office-Labor Bureau advocating for worker's rights issues.
Most recently Rosenthal worked in St. Paul on trial and litigation matters. He is licensed in Wisconsin and practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, labor and employment law, and Social Security Disability.
Wyshnytzky is originally from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and earned bachelor's degrees in political science and legal studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He interned in the Governor's Office, which led him to be hired as an external relations coordinator for the Governor's Advance Team.
He attended Marquette University Law School with a primary focus on environmental law, and served as an intern for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Bureau of Legal Services and for Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. He also served as President of the Environmental Law Society.
Wyshnytzky practices in the areas of criminal defense, landlord tenant, collections, juvenile, guardianships and family law, and is active in the Superior Jaycees and PLAST-Ukrainian Scouting Organization.
• Bigfork Valley Hospital in Bigfork received five-star ratings in all 11 categories for patient satisfaction in a survey coordinated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Ninety-nine percent of Bigfork Valley patients say they would definitely recommend the hospital. More than 4,000 hospitals participated in the survey. Within Minnesota, Bigfork Valley scored at the top of 108 reporting hospitals in six of the 11 categories measuring patient perception of a hospital experience.
• Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce announced Julie Lupa was named the recipient of their Outstanding Ambassador Award during a July 19 Ambassador luncheon.
Lupa, a mortgage originator with Superior Choice Credit Union, has over 21 years of experience in the credit union mortgage lending field. She promotes homeownership in the community and is a volunteer with 1Roof Housing for homebuyer education classes. She became a new Chamber Ambassador earlier this year and quickly became a leader within the chamber's membership. She helps with monthly luncheon registration, makes sure everyone is welcomed and everything is organized. She conveys new ideas for the Ambassador Program and ways to help the Hermantown community.
• Real Living Messina and Associates in Duluth was awarded a 2017 QE Top 10 Medium Companies award for exceptional customer service satisfaction. The QE Award spans 22 states and is based on the results of an independent survey limited solely to buyers and sellers who were in a real estate transaction that closed with participating real estate companies from Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. The award was created by Quality Service Certification Inc. to foster, encourage and recognize the highest levels of service quality and customer satisfaction.
• St. Luke's was the recipient of an American College of Cardiology's NCDR Action Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2017. St. Luke's is one of less than 200 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes St. Luke's for consistently following treatment guidelines in the Action Registry for eight consecutive quarters. Guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling, and cardiac rehabilitation. The hospital also met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.
• Bob Falsani, Jim Balmer, Jim Peterson and Sean Quinn, partners of the law firm Falsani, Balmer, Peterson and Quinn, were recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Super Lawyer magazine.
Falsani, a certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, has been honored 25 times. He has published more than 80 articles on worker's compensation and personal injury litigation and lectures widely on the subjects.
Balmer has been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer every year since 1998, and is a certified civil trial specialist by the NBTA and a senior civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy and has lectured extensively on trial tactics, court rules and evidentiary issues.
Peterson is a certified civil trial specialist by the NBTA and a senior civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He's been named a Super Lawyer fourteen times.
Quinn has had more than 40 articles on workers' compensation and Social Security disability published and currently teaches community education classes on these subjects. He has chaired the Volunteer Attorney Programs board of directors since 2012, and is a member of the Minnesota Association of Justice board of governors, where he co-chairs their workers' compensation committee. He has been named a Super Laywer eight times.
• Viewcrest Health Center announced registered nurse Amanda Blaskowski obtained her Nadona Certificate for Infection Prevention Board Certification.